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At a special meeting Monday, Sebeka City Council members unanimously accepted the retirement of the town’s police chief, who was recently cited for driving while intoxicated, and appointed a part-time officer as interim chief. Eric Swenson, 48, had been a Sebeka police officer for 28 years and the chief since 2007. In a one-sentence letter to the council dated March 9, he ended that tenure. “I hereby retire from the Sebeka Police Department,” wrote Swenson, who did not attend Monday’s meeting.
ALEXANDRIA, Minn. -- Police here are investigating an armed robbery in which the suspect tied up a video store clerk and a customer late Monday. According to police, a white male in his mid-20s entered the Premiere Video on North Nokomis Street about 10 p.m. Monday holding a handgun.
DICKINSON, N.D. – Thomas Sander had been working toward becoming a principal for a while. So when he got that job at Trinity High School in Dickinson, N.D., last summer, he emailed some academic contacts, telling them the good news. “He told me he got this principalship at a Catholic school,” adviser Blaine Ward said, “which I thought was pretty much his aim or his goal. “He was excited about it.” Those contacts didn’t hear much from him after he shared his news.
ST. PAUL – Minnesota’s roads may be going on a low-salt diet. After a brutal winter, supplies are running so low that many cities are starting to cut their salt use by mixing in sand. If March brings another snowstorm or two, salt supplies could run out – and cities will be forced to buy salt that is almost four times more expensive.
SLEEPY EYE, Minn. – Two sons of the lead singer of a popular Fargo-area band were involved in a crash that killed four people near here Friday night, killing one of the sons and leaving the other hospitalized in intensive care. Payton Ryan Adams, 17, of Sleepy Eye, died in the crash, along with John D. Mangen, 18, of Fairfax, Caleb B. Quesenberry, 17, of St. Peter, and Tyler S.
FARGO -- A teenager, who on Feb. 18 was found face-down in the Fargo South High School swimming pool, has died. Frederic Ndereimana, 19, died Saturday at a Fargo hospital, according to Fargo Police. Until now, the teen's name and condition was unknown. Fargo Schools did not previously release the info and Fargo Police said the matter was under investigation. Police on Sunday reported the death and said the matter remains under investigation.
ST. PAUL – Allowing liquor stores to open on Sundays remains a steep climb in the Minnesota Legislature, so its prime proponent is willing to accept “baby steps.” Sen. Roger Reinert, D-Duluth, has introduced seven bills that to varying degrees allow Sunday sales, including some that make minor changes in existing state law that bans liquor store sales. House Speaker Paul Thissen, D-Minneapolis, has said he does not see how the House goes from the repeal receiving 20 votes in the past to a repeal passing this year. Reinert agreed.
One might say construction seems to be at its “peak” at Detroit Mountain these days. After a long, cold, harsh winter that slowed progress a bit, workers are busy on the large lodge that has been erected on the mountain. “It’s enclosed and interior work is being done,” said President of the Board of Directors Mark Fritz.
Cited for driving while intoxicated, Sebeka’s police chief has decided to retire. Eric Swenson, 48, has been a police officer for nearly 30 years and the Sebeka chief since 2007. Council members will address his retirement notice during a special meeting at 6 p.m. Monday in the council chambers. They’ll also discuss the future of the city’s police department. The meeting is now open to the public.